MN: Cuffs and Collars Issue: 11
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) monitored angling and snowmobile activity on
Lake of the Woods and in Roseau and Kittson counties. CO Huener
also worked with a Manitoba game warden to return illegal animal
skulls to Canada.
CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) worked with other agencies on a
restoration order regarding a ditching project.
CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) worked complaints about illegal
snowmobile operation on the Warroad River. Enforcement action was
taken on speeding, snowmobile registration, illegal equipment, and
no trail stickers. CO Birchem also checked anglers on Lake of the
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) checked area snowmobile
activity and took calls about injured deer.
CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) monitored angling activity and
fish house removal from area waters. CO Warren received calls about
a dog chasing deer, an injured deer in a yard, and an individual
feeding deer in the “no-feed” area. Preparations for the upcoming
spring thaw and possible flood continued.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) checked anglers, predator hunters,
ATVers, and snowmobilers. Fish house removal activity was
monitored. Complaints about wolf/cattle depredation, possible shot
deer, and a wolf chasing children (it turned out to be a neighbor’s
dog) were investigated. A court case involving a bear shot out of
season was settled.
CO Tim Gray (Bagley) responded to a call about a wolf hit and
killed by a vehicle.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports a timber trespass on private
property was investigated, and a taxidermy shop was checked.
CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) monitored fish house removal, and
reminded fish house owners to clean up around their houses and
remove all blocking material from the ice.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) checked anglers and monitored fish house
removal. Enforcement action was taken for wanton waste; the person
was leaving northern pike on the ice.
CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) reports public accesses were
checked for shelters left there.
Water Resource Officer Traci Hanson attended a meeting with local
government officials about wetland alteration issues and
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Paul Nelson (Elbow Lake) focused enforcement efforts on checking
fishermen and making sure all lakes were clear of fishing shelters
after the deadline. Nelson assisted the sheriff’s department with a
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) checked fishermen and snowmobilers,
and monitored fish house removal. Osborne contacted two individuals
who were fishing on an area lake; they had two northerns on the
ice. During the contact, Osborne observed the odor of burnt
marijuana in the fish house. The occupants gave the rest of the
marijuana and paraphernalia to Osborne.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Wheaton) spent time checking predator
hunters, snowmobilers, and issuing minnow transportation
CO Tony Anderson (Morris) assisted University of Minnesota-Morris
Research Farm personnel round up 30 head of cattle that got out
during blizzard conditions on Saturday.
CO Kurt Nelson (Glenwood) reports complaints have been investigated
regarding coyote hunters leaving carcasses along the shoulder of
District 4 – Wadena area
CO Greg Oldakowski (Wadena) assisted in a trapping case involving
the potential illegal take of an animal. Officer Oldakowski also
investigated a license fraud case and assisted local agencies with
a garage fire.
CO Larry Francis (Remer) reports fishing pressure remains low,
despite improved access. Officer Francis also received a complaint
about dogs chasing deer.
CO Duke Broughten (Longville) spent this past week monitoring
angling and snowmobiling activity. CO Broughten also assisted
neighboring officers with a commercial taxidermy inspection and
provided an individual with an educational ride-along
CO Jeff Halverson (Staples) monitored angling activity in the area
during the week. He also monitored lakes for compliance with fish
house removal regulations.
CO Shane Siltala (Water Resource Enforcement Officer) completed and
submitted an invasive species work plan for districts 3 and 4.
Officer Siltala also assisted local officers in monitoring
compliance with fish house removal deadlines.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Dan Starr (Tower) continued work on a large taxidermy case and
monitored fish house removal. Speed and alcohol issues on
snowmobiles were worked on Lake Vermilion with CO Frericks.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) patrolled area snowmobile trails, as
well as lakes and rivers. Several owners of fishing shelters will
be receiving citations for littering.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) has found with the slight increase in
temperatures ATVs have started to show up on roadways. ATV
violations included no license displayed, expired license, and
driving after cancellation.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO John Velsvaag (Ely) checked anglers this week and responded to a
litter and vandalism complaint.
CO Marty Stage (Ely) investigated a call about a dead timber wolf
and observed that it was killed by other wolves. Citations were
issued for snowmobile speed violations, and he tracked down a
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked lakes and trails. Anglers report
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) checked anglers on area lakes and
monitored snowmobile activity. The officer received calls regarding
snowmobile laws and car-killed deer.
CO Dan Thomasen (Two Harbors) received a call from a citizen
reporting that his dog had likely been killed by wolves near his
home. Anglers are starting to show up in larger numbers along the
North Shore as fish begin to stage in front of rivers.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, monitored
snowmobile activity, serviced watercraft, taught the laws portion
of a snowmobile class, checked the area cross-country ski trails,
and assisted the state patrol.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) currently is dealing with
multiple angling houses for litter and that are frozen into the
CO Randy Patten (Northome) patrolled area snowmobile trails and
CO Gary Lefebvre (Pengilly) worked snowmobilers, fishermen, and
cross-country skiers. He also handled fishing and litter complaints
during the week.
Water Resource Enforcement Officer Tony Arhart (Grand Rapids)
worked anglers on infested and other area waters. Angler success
varied considerably with the many weather fronts moving through the
area. CO Arhart also worked open public waters and Wetland
Conservation Act cases.
CO Sarah Sindelir (Grand Rapids) checked angling activities during
the week on area lakes. A lot of people have removed their houses
from lakes. Remember, you have to remove all your garbage.
District 8 – Cloquet area
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) finished up an investigation in which a
farmer’s calf was killed by wolves. Area lakes were checked to make
sure that fish houses were off by the deadline. Enforcement action
was taken for failing to remove a fish house by the deadline and
leaving a shelter on the ice overnight without reflectors. A
meeting was attending to assist with upcoming training on trapping
enforcement. One complaint of dogs chasing deer is under
CO Andy Schmidt (Brookston) investigated complaints of garbage,
fish houses, and house blocking material left on area lakes and
public accesses. The officer investigated a recreational trespass
involving ATVs. Officer Schmidt also investigated a suspected wolf
depredation involving cattle.
CO Randy Hanzal (Duluth) received an anonymous TIP call and
uncovered several violations stemming from last year’s firearms
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Troy Ter Meer (Lake Superior Marine Unit) spent the week
checking anglers along Lake Superior, where anglers were switching
between ice angling and shore angling depending on what the winds
and ice did. Two veteran anglers got wet when the wind started to
pick up and the ice cracked and started to flow out into Lake
Superior. They had to jump into about neck-deep water to get to
shore and were assisted by other anglers. He also checked anglers
on the St. Louis River and inland lakes.
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked North Shore
anglers and performed maintenance on his patrol vehicle.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked early steelhead
and shore anglers along Lake Superior.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Nikki Shoutz (Pine River) investigated a timber wolf depredation
complaint for a Pine River rancher, who reported a loss. Two other
residents also reported seeing timber wolves near their livestock
enclosures, but hadn’t experienced a loss at that point. A local
man was cited for leaving his fish house on an area lake almost a
week past the March 7 deadline. Officer Shoutz handled inquiries
from fishermen who had questions regarding lawful water access (for
ice fishing) on public waters that have no public access. A stream
or lake is lawfully accessible if the public road right of way
abuts the surface of the water or if you have permission to cross
private land to reach the water surface.
CO Jim Guida (Brainerd) checked angling activity. Snowmobile trails
have diminished and bare ground is visible on portions of the
CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) monitored area lakes for fish house
removal compliance, checked fishing and cross-country ski trail
activity, gave a talk on laws and hunter ethics to the firearm
safety program at Cuyuna Range Elementary school, and spoke with
high school students interested in natural resource careers at the
Central Minnesota Career Exploration Fair at Central Lakes
CO Tim Collette (Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area) dealt with
fish houses left on the ice after the removal deadline,
investigated complaints about dogs chasing deer, continued work on
emergency plans for the mountain bike trails in the recreation area
and checked anglers.
CO Brent Speldrich (McGregor) continued checking lakes in the area
for debris removal. ATV operators are reminded that snowmobile
trails are not open to ATV use.
CO Randy Posner (Brainerd) worked on ice angling-related issues.
Some of the violations observed were no license, extra lines, and
unattended lines. Snowmobile enforcement received some attention
this week. Some of the violations observed were expired
registration, speeding, and trespass. He also worked with CO
Collette and WREO CO Tischler on the report of dock company moving
shore stations and docks from infested water. The company was
identified, and appropriate action was taken.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Mike Lee (Isle) received a call about a coyote that was caught
in a snare trap. Officer Lee learned from the property owner that
the traps were placed on his property without his permission. The
coyote was dispatched, and a follow-up investigation will
CO Dustie Heaton (Willow River) followed up on investigations and
completed reports. She signed permits for antique snowmobile
owners, and possession permits were issued for car-killed
CO Eugene Wynn (Pine City) spent the week following up on
commercial investigations. He took calls about car-injured animals
and questions about ice shacks.
CO Jim Tischler (Water Resources, Brainerd) assisted with fish
house removal and cleanup in the Brainerd area and submitted an
aquatic invasive species work plan for 2011.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers in Stearns and Wright
counties. CO Mies also checked the lakes for fish houses left after
CO Todd VanderWeyst (Paynesville) provided a ride-along to a
student interested in becoming a CO. The officer also monitored
fishing shelter removal from area lakes.
CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) attended a work group meeting to address
issues related to taxidermy businesses.
CO Robert Haberman (Little Falls) checked anglers on local lakes
and rivers. A group of anglers was out on a local lake when CO
Haberman and another CO caught them using tip-ups and sucker
minnows. One angler stated he was using them to catch anything big.
Only one of the three fishermen had a license. Law enforcement
action was taken.
CO Keith Bertram (Sauk Centre) spent the week checking fishermen
and working the fish house deadline. Enforcement action was taken
for leaving fish houses on lakes after the deadline, leaving fish
houses at public accesses, and littering. CO Bertram also handled a
trespass call involving coyote hunters.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Tony Musatov (Sauk Rapids) worked fish house removal, litter,
and illegal storage of fish houses at a public access. A case was
made involving shooting from a motor vehicle, taking squirrels out
of season, and wanton waste.
CO David Schottenbauer (Princeton) continued to work on area
commercial inspections. CO Schottenbauer also spent time getting
area boats and other equipment prepared for spring flooding.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) gave presentations to firearms safety
classes in Waverly and Hanover. Reller also assisted neighboring
officer with a call about shooting from a motor vehicle.
Enforcement action was taken for leaving a fish house on a lake
after deadline, shooting from a motor vehicle, taking small game
out of season, wanton waste, and angling with extra lines.
CO Brandon McGaw (Mora) reports a fish kill was investigated at
Devils Lake, and oxygen tests later were preformed by DNR Fisheries
staff. Oxygen levels in the lake were extremely low.
CO Brian Dobbick (Cambridge) checked area lakes for fish house
removal. Anglers were checked, and wildlife complaints were
handled. Time also was spent teaching the law portion of a
snowmobile safety class in Cambridge.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO Steve Walter (Waconia) investigated fish houses left on lakes
after the legal deadline and fish houses left at public access
sites; citations were issued.
CO Kevin Neitzke (Ft. Snelling) assisted with setting up the Wall
of Shame at the Minnesota Deer Classic. He also patrolled Ft.
Snelling State Park and investigated a complaint about a dog
CO Adam Block (Prior Lake) reports assistance was given to the
Alberta (Canada) Fish and Wildlife Division regarding a hunting
CO Vang Lee (ELCOP) worked fishing, ATV, and snowmobiling activity
in the metro area throughout the week. He transferred his equipment
from Ft. Snelling State Park in preparation for potential
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Lisa Kruse (White Bear Lake) talked to firearms safety classes
at the Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine and the community center
in North Oaks. She dealt with owners of fish houses that weren’t
removed from lakes by the deadline and litter that was left behind.
Appropriate paperwork was issued.
CO Patrick McGowan (Hastings) checked both ice and open-water
anglers throughout the week. Snowmobile trails are starting to
deteriorate with the warmer temperatures and a lack of new snow. CO
McGowan also investigated a poached deer.
CO Brad Johnson (Maplewood) rescued an injured Bald Eagle on the
St. Croix River in Bayport. The eagle had been injured in a
territorial fight with another eagle. Both eagles were still
holding onto one another when the CO arrived. The injured eagle was
transported to the Raptor Center for treatment. CO Johnson also was
called by the Oak Park Heights Police Department to retrieve an
American coot that had landed in a mall parking lot. While CO
Johnson was in the process of capturing the coot, a redtail hawk
swooped down and grabbed the coot. Fortunately for the coot, the
hawk let go. The coot was transported to the Wildlife
CO Vuthy Pril (ELCOP) assisted with a deer removal program and
answered several calls and complaints.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Neil Henriksen (Benson) reports fawn deer are being found dead
by this officer and others.
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored angling, snowmobiling, and
predator hunting activity. Numerous questions about the license fee
initiative were taken.
CO Ed Picht (Montevideo) wrote several minnow import permits and
checked several commercial minnow traps. Flood preparation
CO Matt Loftness (Marshall) reports flood equipment was readied and
aeration system inspections were completed. The law and ethics
portion of a firearms safety class was taught in Walnut
CO Gary Nordseth (Worthington) conducted audits of area
taxidermists and responded to several complaints about nuisance
animals. The officer prepared all equipment that might be needed in
the event he is called upon to respond to a flood emergency.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Jim Steffen (Willmar) spent the week checking fishermen, fishing
shelter removal compliance, aeration systems, and coyote hunters.
Time also was spent working snowmobile trails and enforcement of
CO Jeff Denz (Willmar) received calls about injured deer and an
abandoned snowmobile. He assisted with follow-up on a deer
CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) followed up on several calls regarding
deer health and hunting unprotected animals.
CO Greg Abraham (New Ulm) checked crow hunters and raccoon
trappers. He also worked on flood preparation.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Julie Siems (Faribault) reports checking anglers and small-game
hunters. A complaint about deer feeding was addressed. A taxidermy
inspection was completed, and follow-up was conducted.
CO Tom Hutchins (Albert Lea) reports spending time assisting the
DNR Wildlife Division with a complaint of escaped deer from a local
game farm operator.
CO Bob Geving (Mankato) attended two Hunting and Fishing Heritage
Fund Initiative information meetings in Mankato. Geving also worked
trapping and fishing activities.
CO Phil George (Mantorville) checked a few ice anglers and
snowmobilers and followed up on a complaint about a wetland and
protected waterway violation. CO George also took a complaint
regarding an injured deer.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Tyler Quandt (Red Wing) reports spending most of the week and
weekend checking open-water and ice angling activity. Some fishing
and boating violations were detected.
CO Kevin Prodzinski (Zumbrota) reports working fishing and some
remaining snowmobile enforcement as well as preparing equipment for
the upcoming flood season. Time also was spent working on some
outstanding investigations and answering more CWD-related
CO Scott Fritz (La Crescent) reports working on updating taxidermy
regulations. He also investigated a complaint about a possible
illegally donated deer.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly anglers during the week. A
number of fish were seen taken by ice and open-water anglers. Heyn
also went through landowner turkey applications and talked with
several people who didn’t qualify for them.
CO Mitch Boyum (Rushford) reports answering questions about the
upcoming turkey season and preparing for clinics. Time also was
spent checking a few coyote hunters and raccoon trappers. Any
trapper looking to trap this spring is reminded to purchase the
required licenses, as 2010 hunting licenses expired at the end of